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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 20, 2009 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dark Stars by Year

Hey R&B..

If you can recommend some tasty '72 DarkStars that don't get into that atonal weirdness (i.e. I really don't need to hear Phil do a bass solo for 3 mins w/in a DS, or Jerry doing his best to scare my dog) please let me know where I can find them...I really believe that song is at its best when it explores thru jazz and jams, not space & crazy loud cacophony....

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jan 20, 2009 6:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dark Stars by Year

"I really believe that song is at its best when it explores thru jazz and jams, not space & crazy loud cacophony...."

100% agree; cheers

'68 has some fairly compact Dark Stars, but i love them; that year, combined with '69, is the place to travel

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Jan 20, 2009 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dark Stars by Year

If your qualifications are absolutely no atonal weirdness and no bass solo, it's going to be hard. 4/8/72, from what I remember, only has a brief spacey post-verse segment, and the rest is tight, cohesive jamming. Since that is on a commercial release, another you might look into is 9/10/72 which has a somewhat-spacey post-verse but an 18 minute (about the length of a '69 version) pre-verse that is the kind of fantastic musical fulfillment that a '72 Star can offer.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-09-10.sbd.winters.17690.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 20, 2009 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Dark Stars by Year

'72 Stars without the atonal weirdness....well, I think Europe '72 is the place to look, though some of them do get noisy. I could probably single out 4/8/72 as one that's solid jamming all the way; 5/7/72 is also a good concise version. I would recommend 5/25/72 as one of the very best, but it is very long & spacy, so perhaps not your flavor.
Later in the year, 10/18/72 is perhaps the one that sticks mostly to melodic themes, though there is a Phil solo (a nice one, I think).
First half of '73 is also full of Stars that are more smooth & pretty rather than dissonant dins.